Estate Reserve

2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Aromatic, Citrus, Zippy, ZestyMargaret River

Like the nose, there are intense tropicals, savoury notes and underlying sweet spices. There is a complexity to this wine and the flavours continue to evolve and change with time in the glass. The palate has a wonderful texture and is all pulled together with a lovely acid balance that gives this wine a lingering finish. Serve chilled, and enjoy whilst young and fresh.

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Winemaker comments

This wine is deliberately made to be a very Sauvignon Blanc dominant style. The Semillon acts in support, giving some weight and consistency to the style, but it is the lifted aromatic qualities of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes that are evident in this wine. The majority of grapes in this wine are sourced from our Wilyabrup Estate Vineyard. We have also sourced a small parcel of Sauvignon Blanc from an exceptional vineyard, to complement our grapes and add complexity to the finished wine. All grapes were machine harvested in the cool of night during February and early March 2018. After 3hours of skin contact, the must was pressed, with only the free-run juice utilised for fermentation. Low solids and cool ferment temperatures ensured the fruit characters were preserved to their utmost in the resultant wine.

Meet the maker

Growing up on a wheat and sheep farm is not your traditional start to a winemaking career. However, it was driving through the Swan Valley on the way to Perth that started my interest in grapes. They were always beautiful and green quite a contrast to the dry and dusty terrain from the farm. During my final year of studies at the University of Adelaide, I commenced working at Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills, and this seeded my love of Riesling. After 18 months, I decided to explore the world of wine and for the next several years was a flying winemaker, working alternate vintages in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In the north, this took me to France (Languedoc, Cognac & a couple of days in Bordeaux) and many times to Oregon, USA. This is where my love of Pinot was born. Back in Australia, I also explored Margaret River, Geographe, Clare Valley, SA and Macedon Ranges, Vic. In January 2007, coming back to WA, I joined Sandalford as Winemaker and in December 2012, was offered the Senior Winemaker position. To talk about my winemaking philosophy, is to first understand the vineyards. My role is to let the grapes shine and ensure they reflect the vineyard site they're from. The fruit source for all of our wines, are paramount to their success, and I'm incredibly lucky to have one of the oldest vineyards in Margaret River to work with.

Tasting notes

Varietals

83% Sauvignon Blanc and 17% Semillon.

Colour

Pale lemon.

Nose

Intense tropicals up front with passionfruit, guava and blackcurrant buds. There's also an underlying savoury minerality adding complexity to the nose.

Palate

Like the nose, there are intense tropicals, savoury notes and underlying sweet spices. There is a complexity to this wine and the flavours continue to evolve and change with time in the glass. The palate has a wonderful texture and is all pulled together with a lovely acid balance that gives this wine a lingering finish. Serve chilled, and enjoy whilst young and fresh.

Vintage Conditions

The 2018 vintage was a return to the fantastic conditions that Margaret River is known for. With a wet start to the season in winter and early spring providing a good base of ground water for the vines. November was very dry, perfectly timed with the vines going through flowering and fruit set. After rainfall in both December and mid-January, the season changed and we saw an extended dry and warm period through to the end of picking in mid-April. The maximum temperatures were consistent with long term average and the sea breeze providing the essential cool nights that Margaret River is known for. All fruit this season is of exceptional quality and showing great varietal characters.

Estate Reserve

2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Case (6) $150.00
Qty
Total: $0.00
Bottle $25.00
Qty
Total: $0.00

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